Closed Areas Benefit Fish as Waters Warm

Commercial trawler use nets that sweep across the bottom, held open by "doors" on each side of the net. The contents of the net are emptied onto the deck and then sorted. Photo/NOAA, Center for Coastal Studies
Commercial trawler use nets that sweep across the bottom, held open by “doors” on each side of the net. The contents of the net are emptied onto the deck and then sorted. Photo/NOAA, Center for Coastal Studies

Portland Press Herald: As fishermen around New England are the first to point out, this summer, much like the last, is in many ways abnormal. Ocean waters are warmer than ever. Fish are also less abundant, found in new and unexpected places and behaving in unusual ways.

With ocean temperatures on the rise and atmospheric carbon dioxide reaching levels above 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, climate change is no longer an intangible, far-off event. It is now causing a host of new problems for fishermen, scientists and managers.

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